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How should junior service be recognised?
CFA and Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV) are seeking your thoughts on whether time spent as a junior volunteer should count towards CFA service awards.
The organisations have created a five-minute online survey to gauge opinions.
Acting Manager Volunteerism Robert Dugdale said the feedback would be used to inform CFA about members’ views on service awards and the contributions made by junior members in brigades.
“Several brigades have asked us to look into whether junior service should be included when overall years of service are calculated,” Robert said.
“It’s been a lively subject of discussion at fire stations for a long time. As each brigade is responsible for its own Junior Volunteer Development Program, the training and experience junior members receive differs from one location to another.”
There are 250 junior brigades providing training and other activities for volunteers aged 11 to 15. Currently in CFA, junior service is not added to the total length of members’ service.
Adult CFA members become eligible for a certificate after five years and service awards commence after 10 years of service and every five years thereafter.
You can complete the survey here.